Priority 13 from the Digital Technology for Mental Health PSP

UNCERTAINTY: Does digital technology help or hinder the goal of social inclusion, and in particular address social isolation / loneliness among people with mental health problems? (JLA PSP Priority 13)
Overall ranking 13
JLA question ID 0069/13
Explanatory note Not available for this PSP

No systematic reviews identified

Health Research Classification System category Mental Health
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples I already feel alone - I would prefer to connect with another person. How will digital technology help me? ~ Does it exacerbate social isolation? ~ I feel isolated already, won't digital technology worsen that? ~ Will it make people feel more isolated from other people? ~ How can you counter some of the negative impacts of social media such as further isolation and contributing to anxiety? E.g. It benefits people with anxiety to go out and about - even if for trivial matter, is there's a potential for technology to worsen their condition?
Submitted by 10 x Service User ~ 5 x Carer x 17 x Practitioners
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0069
PSP name Digital Technology for Mental Health
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 134 (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 12 March 2018